Walk on Your Wild Side Day
You can stop playing it safe on April 12. Forget thinking outside the box; there isn't even a box on Walk on Your Wild Side Day. Do something out of the ordinary, or extraordinary. It can be something small, as long as it's outside of your comfort zone. Be unpredictable or do "something 'they' said you'd never" suggests Wellcat, the holiday's creators.
Take cues from celebrities celebrating their birthdays today. Each one has proven to be unpredictable: Herbie Hancock, David Letterman, and Shannen Doherty. Or chill out with a "wild" movie:
* Or go for a classic: "The Wild One"
National Licorice Day
Black licorice rarely triggers ambivalence. Either people love it or they hate it. National Licorice Day celebrates the strong-flavored black licorice. King Tut, Napoleon, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were all fans of black licorice and its health benefits, according to Licorice International, the holiday's creating force. While black licorice needs be avoided by anyone with a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure because it can cause health problems, according to the FDA.
For others, enjoying a moderate amount of black licorice could provide health benefits. It can act as a cough suppressant and reduce stomach acid. On National Licorice Day enjoy black licorice ropes, jellybeans, pipe-shaped candies or licorice twists.
Polio Vaccine Anniversary
After a one-year field trial, on April 12, 1955, the "Salk vaccine against polio was announced to work, and be 'safe, effective and potent," according to Today in Science. The announcement was made exactly 10 years after the death of one of the disease's most well-known victims, President Franklin Roosevelt.
FDR Commemorative Ceremony
During his fourth term, with the end of WWII in sight, President Franklin Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage away, on April 12, 1945. The FDR Commemorative Ceremony honors the only president to serve more than two terms, at his place of death, Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. He was fond of the proverb, "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." Roosevelt's quotes which are relevant to more relevant in our times include:
* "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
* "Believe you can and you're halfway there."